SB 973
Regulates insurance agents selling Medicare Advantage plans
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Last Action:
2/12/2008 - Hearing Conducted S Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2008

Current Bill Summary

SB 973 - This act provides that no applicant shall be enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan until two business days have passed since the initial personal solicitation and the applicant has signed a disclosure form. Personal solicitation includes either an on-site presentation at a facility or a home meeting with an insurance agent. The disclosure shall be signed and dated by both the applicant and the agent on the day of the initial personal solicitation and shall include:

-A statement that Medicare Advantage plans are not Medigap supplement plans;

-A statement advising the applicant to confirm with his or her health care providers whether or not the provider has contracted with the Medicare Advantage plan to provide medical services; and

-A statement advising the applicant to contact either a trusted family member, friend or the state health insurance assistance program, known as CLAIM.

The director of the Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration shall prescribe the format and content of the disclosure including size, color and prominence of type. Anyone who violates the provisions of this act shall be subject to civil penalties and fines.

This act is identical to SB 773 (2008).